The story revolves around a young, street-smart thief of about fifteen years old, who is experienced and fairly successful in his trade. One day, he comes across Arun, a kind and simple-looking man in his twenties, watching a wrestling match. The young thief, who goes by many names, sees Arun as an easy target and decides to get into his good graces.
The young thief introduces himself as Deepak and expresses his desire to work for Arun. Surprisingly, Arun agrees to let him work for him, provided he can cook. Despite Deepak's lack of cooking skills, Arun is amused by his persistence and decides to teach him how to cook, write, and even perform basic arithmetic. Deepak finds himself enjoying his life with Arun, who has a fluctuating financial situation but remains kind and trusting.
One day, Arun comes home with a significant amount of money and places it under his mattress. Deepak, unable to resist the temptation, steals the money in the middle of the night and plans to catch a train to Amritsar. However, he hesitates at the last moment and misses the train. He realizes that he doesn't want to abandon the life he has built with Arun and the opportunity to learn valuable skills like writing.
Driven by his newfound sense of responsibility, concern for Arun, and his desire to learn, Deepak decides to return the stolen money. He sneaks back into Arun's room and replaces the money under the mattress. The next morning, Arun hands Deepak a wet five-rupee note, revealing that he knows about the previous night's events. However, Arun does not confront or chastise Deepak. Instead, he promises to teach him more writing skills, reflecting their unspoken understanding and the deepening bond between them. This story highlights the themes of trust, redemption, and the power of friendship in transforming a person's life.